Michael Scott is the lovable regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, PA in the NBC series "The Office: An American Workplace". That's what she said.
Michael Gary Scott was born on the Ides of March, 1965 in perennial small-town Scranton, Pennsylvania. After a failed attempt to launch into the entertainment industry (See: his famous appearance on "Fundle Bundle"), Michael turned his sights to the world of business.
Michael's success as a paper salesman makes the current Dunder Mifflin crop look like incompetent layabouts. Not even Dwight's inhuman determination for success can match Michael's natural ability to sell paper and sell paper HARD. Michael's natural charisma and enthusiasm make him the ideal office seat-filler.
But NOT, it is immediately apparent, the ideal office manager. Charming sales patter does not transfer well to middle management, and under Michael's inept leadership, the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin quickly became the laughing stock of the American Paper Industry. But you can't judge a book by it's cover. Underneath the crumbling, depressing, economically unviable exterior of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, the beating heart of The Office is Michael Scott, and his staff.
Making the greater Scranton area offers on paper that they can't refuse
As the head of The Office, Michael must have an intrinsic knowledge of his friends and employees. It is his greatest obsession that the Office function not only as a workplace, but as the home to the "family" of his staff. Here are some of the core members of Michael's inner circle:
Dwight Schrute: Michael's most loyal worker, Dwight practically worships the ground his boss walks on. Dwight alternates between unswerving fealty to Michael, and cold-blooded dedication to the job. Michael largely fails to appreciate the attention he receives from Dwight, wishing instead that someone like Jim or Ryan would display the same enthusiasm for paper selling that seemingly only he and Dwight possess.
Andy Bernard: Andy is the quintessential Yes Man. Unlike Dwight, Andy is aware of the role he plays in sucking up to Michael, cultivating his own image in order to win points with the boss. Michael originally distrusted Andy, as he transferred in from another branch and is therefore not "core family", but his jaunty acapella stylings and brash sycophantic behaviour have ingratiated him to Michael in a way that few have achieved.
Pam Beesly/Halpert: Michael's feelings for Pam are unclear. Is he attracted to her? Is she a sister figure? A Mother? A daughter? In her role as Office receptionist she performs all of these duties for Michael and more, and her work has not gone unrewarded. She is one of Michael's favourite people, and surprisingly loyal to him in times of Office crisis. When Michael was ousted by TPTB at Dunder Mifflin, the only Officer with the cojones to throw in her lot with the boss was Pam. This loyalty was somewhat betrayed when Michael hooked up with Pam's mother at the Beesly/Halpert wedding.
Jim Halpert: As Michael's second-in-command in The Office, Jim occupies the position that Dwight would (and probably has) killed for. Unfortunately, Jim lacks the all-consuming zeal for paper sales that drives Dwight and Michael, a source of constant disappoint and frustration to the latter. In spite of his laissez faire attitude, Jim manages to balance "getting the job done" with heaps of office banter and pranks, which earns him his spot in Michael's heart. Michael loves to think that Jim and he are best friends; this, sadly, may not be the case.
Ryan Howard: Ryan was more than just a Temp to Michael. Much more. He was the son Michael never had...but if that's the case then Michael will make a terrible, terrible father. His fawning obsession with Ryan transcended all conceivable boundaries of office decency. He lavished him with gifts like a lover, favoured him above the other workers like a favourite uncle, and took an active interest in his private and scholastic lives like an overly-enthusiastic teacher. Michael's tragedy is that he wanted to be (almost) all of these roles to Ryan, but in the end he was none. But when Ryan was promoted over Michael's head, the obsessive love has turned into an obsessive need to undermine Ryan's career and return him back to the temp role. So the cycle can begin anew...?
Toby is the Office HR rep, and his duties include
Toby Flenderson is the devil.
Michael Scott's driving desire is to reside over his Office co-workers as a benevolent father figure. And surprisingly enough, Michael has trialed more than his fair share of women to take on the maternal side of that equation. To those of you who think that an upper-middle-aged bumbling paper salesman can't be a lady killer, we offer simply the following picture:
Michael's tempestuous on-off relationship with immediate-office-superior Jan Levinson-
Gould cemented his reputation as a stone cold stud. Despite his constant cock-ups (That's what she said), managerial ineptitude and a romantic repertoire that can only have been drawn from 80's comics, there is apparently something about Michael Scott that SCREAMS premium MILFbait.
Jan just couldn't get enough of his dazzling w...his smooth tal...his romantic acti... OK, no-one really knows what it is, but when they do I want it. Bottled.
Carol Stills was Michael's real estate agent who handled his move into his Condo. It wasn't long, however, until Michael was doing some "real estate negotiation" of his own with Carol. (The previous statement alludes to sex). Michael strikes us as a man with a great love for sitcom clichés, so it should come as no surprise that he landed himself in the most ubiquitous of all - the dreaded "two dates to the prom", in the Season 2 finalé "Casino Night", when he brings both Carol and Jan to the eponymous event. Unlike the typical guy in this situation, Michael mostly enjoys the awkwardness it causes, playing up his own stud status as much as he can. Carol was played by Steve Carells RL wife Nancy Walls, which makes everyone awkward when his chemistry with the other women is much more believable.
Say what you like about Michael Gary Scott, but the man likes a blonde in a suit. Toby-replacing HR rep Holly Flax is the most "homely" of Michael's love interests, so it's of course a given that she will end up being "The One." Michael was willing to give up everything for Holly, but when Dunder Mifflin resident bastard David Wallace uncovers their relationship, she gets shipped off to the arse-end-of-nowhere Nashua branch. Not only does Michael have to watch the love of his life disappear to another job, he has to go through losing her to a guy called "AJ". That sucks, man, that sucks.
OK you vultures, we all know why you're here, so here's some of the pearls of wisdom from the inimitable Carell/Scott. We only ask that when you DO choose to pass these off in your own offices, that you credit the true source. (This page, of course).
"If I had a gun with two bullets, and I was locked in a room with Osama Bin Laden, Hitler, and Toby... I would shoot Toby twice"
"When I said that I was king of forwards, you got to understand that I don't come up with this stuff. I just forward it along. You wouldn't arrest a guy who was just passing drugs from one guy to another."
"It's a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. An hour-long shower with guys."
"Jim and I are great friends. We hang out a ton…mostly at work ..."
"It's how I like to do business, everybody joking around. It's like 'Friends'. I am Chandler, and Joey…and Pam is Rachel. And Dwight is Kramer."
"No, no, I need two men on this. That's what she said. No time! But she did. NO TIME!"
"Am I going to tell them? No, I'm not going to tell them. I don't see the point of that. As a doctor you would not tell a patient if they had cancer."
"I do want the credit without any of the blame."
"I saved a life... my own. Am I a hero? I can't really say, but... yes."
"Now, a lot of people say that Kelly is one in a million. And that's true, but it's also not true. Because, frankly, there are literally billions of people just like Kelly in the world."